A former youth pastor accused of engaging in sexual activity with teenage girls had his first court appearance Tuesday.
Eyewitness News was there as Torrey Morgan appeared at the Rowan County Justice Center.
Morgan and his attorney rushed out of the courtroom without answering questions.
Last week, detectives charged Morgan with various crimes. They said High Rock Community Church notified them of complaints from several teenage members of the church, alleging sexual activity and sexual advances from Morgan. The 36-year-old was a youth pastor there.
Pastor Thomas Bartlett told Eyewitness News how the church found out: "A man whose adult daughter was receiving some text messages that were inappropriate from Mr. Morgan."
Bartlett said church leaders confronted Morgan and learned about more allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior with about 10 women. Some of them were adults, some minors.
They said some of the alleged incidents took place at the church.
"We've all been hurt, we feel betrayed and very disappointed in this," said Bartlett.
He said Morgan went with church leaders to apologize to the women and their families. Now the church is further reaching out to those impacted.
"Our first priority is the women that have been harmed."
Morgan is facing several felony charges, including indecent liberties with a child and sexual exploitation of a minor. His next court appearance is slated for next month.